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Gatherings

Following the resurrection, Jesus gathered with his disciples. Whether behind locked doors in the Gospel of John, on the road to Emmaus to share a meal, or after a long day of work on the beach of the Sea of Galilee, the Easter season means fellowship. This past week, I’ve had a chance to meet […]

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Resurrection Season

Easter is more than a day; it’s a resurrection lifestyle that changes the direction of this life and eternal life forever. Just as we use Lent to prepare for Easter for 40 days, Easter is a season that lasts 50 days. Through the power of the resurrection, we learn how to love Jesus and each […]

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The Way We Love

Loving Jesus is a daily decision to show and demonstrate the presence of Christ in our lives. During Connections Weekend in February, Scot McKnight called love a “rugged commitment.” It’s more than a feeling or a set of principles. Loving Jesus binds us to Him and his followers. Sometimes it requires a difficult climb over […]

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Love Jesus

Love Jesus

When the disciples see the resurrected Lord, they decide they cannot follow Jesus alone. As much as they need Jesus in their lives, they also decide to commit to each other in the way Jesus taught them to do. They love each other faithfully with grace and truth. Because Jesus rose again, they share the […]

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Why I Give

By Nick Meyer Money…it is just a number. Yes, we are called to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us; however, some people let this “number” consume their lives and define their feeling of self-worth (especially around April 15th). This becomes a problem when a believer puts this “number” as his or her […]

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Public Work

Last week, I blogged about the homework of Holy Week. This week, it’s time to enjoy the liturgy, literally “public work,” of Holy Week. The word used most often by mainline Protestant and traditional churches to describe worship “liturgy” comes from an old Latin word liturgia. Originally,” liturgy” referred to things that we call today […]

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Holy Week Is Here

Thursday before Palm Sunday is the day my pastoral homework is usually due. Holy Week is like final exams. No more time for studying. It’s time to proclaim what you know. So usually the Thursday before Palm Sunday I finish the homework to be ready for the worship work. So let me share with you […]

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Waiting in Line

Standing in line in Animal Kingdom last week, one family behind us played with their small children to pass the time. This Brazilian father and mother came to Disney World when they were children and now they were bringing their own. After each round of fun, one child pleaded, “Again and again.” The fun they […]

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Five Ways to Prepare for Easter

One of the greatest opportunities we have to share the gospel is often the most overlooked—Easter Sunday. More people—including the unchurched—want to go to church on this day than any other. On April 5, we will proclaim that we have seen the crucified and risen Jesus Christ in Tallahassee. Help us get ready for this […]

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Saying No

The hardest word in the English language to teach ourselves to use is “No.” That’s why we have lent. For 40 days before Easter, we pause to deprive ourselves of something so that we can focus on following Jesus. We learn to do what he told us to do: deny ourselves, take up our cross […]

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